Monday, August 4, 2008

Obama Rejects Townhall Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Dr. Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: Barack Obama continues to show that he want to be not only the "one" but the "only one." He feels more comfortable with staged debates than rubbing shoulders with voters in a series of Lincoln-Douglas townhall debates with John McCain. On Saturday, Barack Obama backed away from rival John McCain's challenge for a series of Lincoln-Douglas townhall debates. While Obama said he would welcome a series of townhall meetings with McCain, now that he, and not Mrs. Clinton, is the Democrat's presumptive candidate, he has flip-flopped his way out of his previous statement.

Obama had time to fly to Europe and to the Middle East to create false media image of his competency in meeting with heads of states. Did the first term Senator consider if his intrusion was proper protocol? He imposed himself on the leaders of other countries. Obviously, European or Middle East leaders were not willing to refuse meeting with a person who "might" be the next president of the United States. He does as he wishes in the hopes of impressing voters back in the U.S. Then he speaks at a rally in Germany to an alleged 200,000 Germans after two rock groups had played. He announces his presumptive status to be president of the World and skips visiting with wounded U.S. military in Germany.

Obama could do campaign stunts with leaders of the other countries who didn't even wish to see him, he could take time extolling a one world utopia at a German rally, and then does what no other U.S. Senator would do - he skips visiting with wounded troops. Fortunately, Europeans don't vote for America's president. Americans vote and it appears that the last persons Obama want to confront are the American voters in town hall meetings. Instead, Obama prefers the controlled debate formats before cameras that are structured to afford him the protection of a biased media.

Obama agreed to only participate in the standard three debates in the fall proposed by the Commission on Presidential Debates. In a letter to the commission, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said the short period between the last political convention and the first proposed debate made it likely that the commission-sponsored debates would be the only ones in the fall. "We've committed to the three debates on the table," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in an interview. "It's likely they will be the three appearances by the candidates this fall." The first debate is set for Sept. 26 in Oxford, Miss., three weeks after the Republican National Convention concludes on Sept. 4. The other presidential debates are set for Oct. 7 and Oct. 15 and the vice presidential debate for Oct. 2.

1 comment:

CKAinRedStateUSA said...

Obama has rejected the people. Why? Because he has nothing in common with them, and he fears them.

He is a pathetic coward and weakling, unfit to be CINC of our Armed Forces, chief executive of our country and he who would be tasked to defend the Constitution from enemies foriegn and domestic.

Could it be because he is a domestic enemy that he is unfit?

More evidence of his cowardice? In an editorial on July 30 — “Senator Obama, you’re invited” [go here:…21CIE.DTL&tsp=1] — the San Francisco Chronicle challenged Obama to debate McCain in their offices.

The editorial in its entirety:

“Sen. John McCain came up with a terrific idea Monday [July 28] when he was handed an invitation to meet with our editorial board as part of our endorsement process.

“‘Why don’t you invite Senator (Barack) Obama to join me?’ McCain suggested.

“McCain noted that he has been frustrated in his attempts to have ‘just the two of us stand there and answer questions’ in a town-hall format.

“‘Unfortunately, he (Obama) has refused to do so,’ McCain told our colleagues Debra J. Saunders and Carla Marinucci at the start of an interview at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel.

“Senator Obama: Consider this an official invitation for a debate with McCain before The Chronicle’s editorial board.

“The format would be straightforward and substantive, modeled after the five debates we hosted (and streamed live on the Web) with statewide candidates in 2006. The candidates would have sufficient time to answer questions. If they tried to duck a question, we would follow up. Voters would have a chance to see video of the editorial board meeting in its entirety.

“Senator McCain gets extra points for proposing a unglossed, unscripted, groundbreaking version of the presidential debate in the bluest of states and at a newspaper that last endorsed a Republican for president in 1992.

“What do you say, Senator Obama?”

Apparently, there’s been no reply yet.

And given Mr. Anywhere-Anytime’s reneging on his boast, there won’t be one.

His cowardice and loathing of the people, and the true democratic process--and I do not mean the sham of the Democrat Party and its selection of him and their "truly open" convention that's slated for Denver--are truly despicable.

But given his Marxist and TUCC indoctrinations, should we really expect more?